Huddersfield Giants have confirmed that Jared Simpson has signed a two-year contract extension at the club.
The 19-year-old, a product of the club’s academy system, made a try-scoring debut against Wigan last month at full-back.
“It’s been a whirlwind month or so for me making the step into Super League, and I’ve now achieved my goal from the start of the year, which was to get a full time deal and stay at the club,” said Simpson.
“I am delighted that I’ve got the new deal and have two years to make a real impact in what I know will be a team full of great players.
“Everyone has helped me along the way right from Moldgreen and then the Giants junior coaches so I hope I can do them proud and keep pushing forward.
“I know the task ahead will involve lots of hard work but I am confident that I can step up and challenge for a spot in the back three.”
Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson feels that Simpson has shown enough promise to deserve a chance to move to the next level in his career.
“Jared deserves the opportunity to stay around longer and go into the top squad with immediate effect,” he said.
“Everyone has seen with his performances over the past few weeks in Super League the potential that the coaches here have known was in him.
“He is a tremendous example of a youngster who has taken an opportunity that presented itself to him.
“It’s testament to the club’s development structures and coaches to see a young player, who we’ve had from scholarship go all the way through, to get a two year full time deal in the top squad.
“It’s fair to say that he has virtually demanded a contract by the quality of his play which is exactly what we want see from our younger professionals.
“He now has the challenge next year of being out of the academy and in with men week in week out, which will take a toll at some point, and means he needs to have a good off season and learn the realities of professional life on and off the field.
“Jared’s attitude and willingness to learn are first class, and he understands the challenges that he now faces in this next stage of his personal development.”